Posted on February 22, 2024

Maintaining Powder Coated Materials: 5 Expert Tips from EDCO Fabrication

EDCO Fabrication employee powder coating materials

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Have you ever inherited something special you wanted to preserve? Maybe your grandfather gave you an ornate bird feeder that he built by hand. You treasure it and want to keep it looking new, but you don’t know how. Hopefully, you’ll find a solution here. Let’s talk about maintaining powder coated materials so they retain their pristine beauty and functionality. As an industry leader in powder coating services, EDCO Fabrication is here to guide you through all of the essential steps to keep your surfaces looking flawless. 

The Power of Powder Coating

High quality powder coating is a versatile method of applying a protective and decorative finish to various materials. A dry powder is sprayed onto a surface and heat-cured to create a durable and long-lasting coating. This process not only elevates the appearance of the material, but also protects against corrosion, UV rays, and other potentially damaging factors. It’s crucial that you take good care of powder coated items. With proper care and maintenance, its longevity and appearance will be preserved. Custom powder coating provides endless possibilities for achieving the finish you want, and maintaining it only requires a little bit of extra effort.

Regular Cleaning

The first step of this process is simply cleaning your item. Dust, dirt, and other debris can build up and diminish its appearance. We recommend a simple yet effective cleaning routine using a mild detergent and a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid abrasive cleaners, as they can cause damage and compromise integrity. By incorporating regular cleaning into your maintenance routine, you can keep your important possessions in excellent condition for years to come. 

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners

Abrasive cleaners may seem like a quick way to get out stubborn stains, but they can do more harm than good when used on powder coated materials. They can scratch or wear down the coating, leaving behind unsightly marks and reducing its lifespan. Instead, only use gentle cleaning solutions that are specifically formulated for use on these delicate surfaces. 

Touch-Up as Needed

Minor imperfections don’t have to spell the end for your powder coated materials. With the right touch-up products and techniques, you can easily restore their appearance and functionality. Options such as touch-up paint pens, liquid touch-up paint, or touch-up kits can help restore the beauty of items with powder coat finishes by covering up minor imperfections and preventing further deterioration. Whether you’re dealing with a small chip or a superficial scratch, our experts can guide you through the process of seamless repair. Don’t let minor flaws detract from the appearance of your powder coated materials!

Protect from Harsh Environments

Harsh environmental conditions can wreak havoc by prematurely fading and deteriorating powder coated materials. If you keep your blinds open and the sun consistently shines on it, eventually it may start to fade. That’s why we recommend you take proactive measures to protect your surfaces. Whether it’s extreme temperatures, UV radiation, or chemical exposure, rest assured our team can recommend additional protective coatings or measures to safeguard what’s important to you.

Additional Tips for Maintenance

In addition to the expert tips outlined above, there are a few more strategies you can employ. 

First, be sure to regularly inspect your powder coated items and look for any signs of damage early on. Chips, scratches, and corrosion can lead to more extensive issues farther down the line. Look out for any areas that show signs of wear or damage, and address them promptly to prevent any further deterioration. Next, consider applying a protective wax or sealant to further increase the durability of the coating and provide an extra layer of defense against the elements. You might also want to invest in a quality cover for outdoor items to help shield them from harmful weather conditions and prolong their lifespan. These additional tips can make it possible for you to enjoy your beautiful powder coated surfaces for years to come.

Partner with Edco Fabrication for Expert Guidance

Maintenance requires the right combination of care, attention, and expertise. We’re committed to providing you with the tools and knowledge you need to keep your surfaces looking flawless. From regular cleaning to proactive protection, our team is always here to support you. Remember we’re more than just industry leaders; we’re your partners in perfection. We can help you keep your grandfather’s bird feeder and other important items looking their best. If you have any powder coating service or maintenance-related questions, please reach out to EDCO Fabrication today. With our custom powder coating expertise and guidance, you can enjoy beautiful, durable surfaces for years to come.